BrikWars is hardly the only PBB wargame on the internet,
although it happens to be our personal favorite. In
fact you can find a PBB version of just about any type of
wargame or role-playing game if you look hard enough.
Some are excellent, some are awful, but it's not like they're
If you know of any PBB wargame sites that aren't on our list
but should be, please let us know at [email protected].
Frank Filz keeps a much more comprehensive list of brick-based
games and related sites at Frank's
LEGO® Games and Wargaming Links Page. His page
contains a wealth of curious and obscure links. Jason
Spangler keeps an additional list at Jason's
PBB Games Page.
Lego Wars and Lego Wars II, by Eric O'Dell and R. Todd Ogrin,
were the first building-brick wargames to hit the Internet in
a big way. This prodigal work inspired any number of variations
and unofficial sequels. The majority of these have fallen
by the wayside and been lost over the intervening years, including
a few that were quite good.
|Lego Wars, the Original Brick
O'Dell and R. Todd Ogrin
Lego Wars and
Lego Wars II
The original Lego Wars games suffered
legal trouble in 1995 due to their unauthorized use
of the word LEGO®, which, as you may have guessed,
is a registered trademark of The
LEGO Group. It was decided that all copies
of the games should be removed from any public venue,
and so it may very well be illegal for us to point you
to a number of places where they can still be found,
along with a few variations.
of R. Todd Ogrin's "SpaceChampion Argor Frant."
This character from the "Trooper's Guide to Guns
and Stuff" was the first of the Deadly SpaceMen.
copyright (c)1995 R. Todd Ogrin.
Lego Wars III
A fellow going by a number of aliases
wrote an unofficial sequel to Lego Wars in 1997, adding
support for characters and units from Star Wars, Wheel
of Time, Dune, and other places, as well as all kinds
of other new and original material.
MiniFig Death and
The Dirt Simple MiniFig Death Wargame
is a chopped-out and super-streamlined version of Lego
Wars, and is just the thing when the sheer bulk of the
BrikWars rulebook starts driving you out of your mind.
MicroFig Death is a similar game designed for even tinier
"heavy unit with close combat weapons," a
portrait of one of the Units of Death from the MicroFig
copyright (c)2001 Stephen F.
McCaul, Andrew Engstrom, and Aaron Sneary
Unofficial BrikWars Supplements
Every now and then somebody pops up
with an 'unofficial' BrikWars supplement or two; some
are worth taking a look at. Wayne McCaul has posted
several on his War
of the Briks site, including rules for large-scale
games, rules for spellcasting, and new troop and weapon
types. Andrew Engstrom's Defenders
of the Alliance Fleet site has a special Colony
supplement which brings space exploration and interstellar
colonization into the game. Be sure and check
out section 1.6: "Colony News" for a great
and original game idea.
In addition, Aaron Sneary's got a whole pile of BrikWars
scenario ideas on his page on LUGNET.
Alliance Fleet carrier in orbit, one of the last vestiges
of the once-proud System Alliance.
copyright (c)2002 Andrew Engstrom
and D.R. Radford
The Ultimate Space LEGOŽ Combat
Fans of USLCS will be glad to hear that
it's been resurrected, updated, and re-released to the
public. Visitors to the USLCS site can also check
out the in-progress version of the "USLCS: Space
Blocwars is a simplified alternative targeted
at the younger wargamer.
Apparently thanks in large part to the efforts of Steve Jackson,
swashbuckling pirate battles have become one of the most popular
and visible genres of brick gaming, and no small number of aspiring
authors have tried their hand at jumping on that bandwagon.
So much so, in fact, that Frank Filz has given the genre a page
to itself at Frank's
LEGO® Pirate Gaming Page.
Evil Stevie's Pirate Game
This is the most popular of the pirate
games. If you ever see a brick game getting played
at a convention then it will probably be this one.
The Pirate Game is not affiliated with Steve Jackson
Games, although strangely, Steve Jackson is, and rather
strongly at that.
title banner for Evil Stevie's Pirate Game.
copyright (c)2000 Steve Jackson.
Wooden Ships and Plastic Men
This game is a fairly bland take on
the piratical genre.
Of all the pirate games, this one
is closest in spirit to a piratical Lego Wars.
Pirate Wars is available on Stephen
Gabriel's LEGO® Brick Page along with Castle
Wars and Space Wars, although these latter two are not
nearly so well developed.
Although Lego Wars knockoffs and pirate games once dominated
the brick-gaming stage, a whole pile of newer independent games
have sprung up in the meantime.
Here's a nicley-done game from Peter F. Guenther. Done
in a boardgame style similar to the likes of HeroQuest,
BrickQuest lets an aspiring BrickMaster build a dungeon
to lead players through, on a stereotypical fantasy
in fear, it's Elephanthulhu! BrickQuest has a whole
host of fantastic creatures a BrickMaster can employ
to assault the players.
copyright (c)2003 Peter F. Guenther
Another quick and cleanly-written game from Peter F.
Guenther, BrickMech lets players slap together some
quick mechs for immediate battle.
Robotech Excalibur mech prepares to lay down the robosmack.
copyright (c)2003 Peter F. Guenther
Brandt and Mik Burns
Lego Omniverse is back from its long absence. Its generic
core rules are backed up by genre-specific supplements
allowing players to field armies from the realms of
fantasy, space, and post-apocalyptic RoadWar 2000.
Burns' illustrated figures obviously reference Lego
archetypes while cleverly avoiding all of the specific
features of the minifigure's form patent, a fact which
could certainly frustrate the hell out of Lego's legal
team. Using the Lego copyright in the game title, however...
copyright (c)2000 Joe Brandt
and Mik Burns
Once just another in the line of unrelated
games sharing the name of Lego Wars, this game was rechristened
"Brick Battles" when James Brown got tired
of competing with the other games of the same name but
older pedigree. Brick Battles is championed by many
players who find other Lego Wars games too complex and
PlasticHammer is back up, but only
the "Quick-Start" version - which is fine
in itself, even though it spends about twice as much
space writing about how much better the "full game"
is than it does on its own actual rules. Hopefully the
full game gets put back up someday as well.
Reverend Brendan Powell Smith
The Ultimate LEGOŽ Vehicle Contest
All right, so technically it's not
a wargame (except possibly for the competition's last
event). It's still cool. Notorious Internet celebrity
The Reverend Brendan Powell Smith has documented the
hilarity and destruction of his annual The Ultimate
LEGOŽ Vehicle Contest.
horrifying J-VEQ can barely restrain the urge to eat
copyright (c)2001 Brendan Powell
BATTLE! is a quick and straightforward
system for brick-based medieval battles, by the guys
behind Illusionary Craft.
Craft's Excalibur crest.
copyright (c)2006 Kat Studios.
LEGOŽ Fantasy Battle
This game is designed for use at gaming
conventions with a dedicated moderator. Of all
the games listed here, this is the one that most resembles
AD&D. It even has plastic-brick spell lists.
is doomed by its unfortunate choice of initials never
to gain name-recognition among the LEGOŽ faithful, to
whom LFB will always stand for Lindsay Frederick Braun.
Barger and Patrick Franklin
The LEGOŽ Fantasy Wargame
This game is probably the most statistic-intensive
brick wargame on the Net. The game is well-developed
but requires a high tolerance for pre-game accounting.
The LEGOŽ Fantasy Role-Playing
Rounding out the list of all possible
names for brick wargames starting with "Lego Fantasy,"
LFRPG is actually a very quick and solid system that
does something I've wanted to see for a long time: let
players role-play minifigs as honest-to-god minifigs
instead of as strangely-shaped humans.
Based on the old Renegade Legion games,
Renegade Bricks allows dogfights between PBB spaceships.
Paul has also created the Dark
Sun campaign setting for the game.
daring Gnutron renegades fight to overthrow TOG oppression.
copyright (c)1997 Paul Gyugyi.
Yet Another LEGOŽ Universe Game
YALUGS is available as a series of
jpegs in David Goeb's BrickShelf gallery. The
rulebook is short but more attractive than most.
Bluetile at the Battle of Yellow Valley.
copyright (c)2000 David Goeb.
Engstrom and Dan Mattia
This play-by-email brick RPG started
by Andrew Engstrom and Dan Mattia has evolved into an
internet monstrosity spanning a wide variety of sectors,
worlds, game masters, and playing styles.
mysterious planet Spraw.
copyright (c)2002 Andrew Engstrom
and Dan Mattia.
Baker of Lumpley Games
This is an awesome, simple, and quick
microfig-scale mech-combat game by Vincent Baker of
Lumpley Games. Vincent is the same genius that
invented the game "kill puppies for satan,"
a milestone in the development of gaming atrocities.
microfig mech is ready for action.
copyright (c)2002 Vincent Baker
of Lumpley Games
Matt Hein is developing some kind
of castle-based role-playing / wargaming hybrid.
copyright (c)2002 Matt Hein.
Fleet Command 3.0
Fleet Command is a brick spacefleet
combat game set in Zac Soden's Battlespace universe.
Unlike most of the brick games on the web, Fleet Command
seems to be set up to try and make a profit somehow.
Can it be done? We'll have to wait and see.
Annihilator-class Warcruiser patrols an asteroid field.
copyright (c)2002 Zac Soden.